Mozzarella, Canadian Bacon and Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Inspired by a pizza I used to order when I was in college, this burger boasts the great contrast of meaty and rich with fruity and light.

Mozzarella, Canadian Bacon and Grilled Pineapple Burgers
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Serves: 4 burgers
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ to 1¾ pounds ground chuck
  • 3 ounces mozzarella, chopped
  • 3 ounces Canadian bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Four ¼-inch thick slices fresh pineapple
Instructions
  1. Place the beef on a work surface and divide into 4 balls of equal size.
  2. Divide the mozzarella cheese into 4 portions of equal size.
  3. Using your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow hole in each portion of beef and fill it with cheese.
  4. Add a quarter of the bacon to each.
  5. Shape the burger and carefully seal the opening.
  6. Form each into a patty about ¾ to 1 inch thick, tossing it back and forth between your hands. To ensure more even cooking, make a ½-inch indentation with your thumb in the center of the burger. Handle the patties as little as possible; do not work more than necessary.
  7. Prepare the grill to medium-high. When the coals are glowing red, after 15-20 minutes, cover with the grate.
  8. After 5 minutes, use a wire brush to thoroughly clean the grate. Brush the grate with oil.
  9. When the coals are covered with pale gray ash and you can leave your hand 5 inches above the fire for 2 to 3 second, the coals are ready.
  10. Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with salt and pepper.
  11. Place the burgers on the grate and grill until well seared on both sides, about 5 minutes for medium rare or 6 minutes for medium.
  12. Transfer the burgers to a serving platter, top with grilled pineapple and serve immediately.
  13. ALTERNATIVELY, place a cast iron skillet over high heat and when it is hot but not smoking add the burgers to the dry pan.
  14. Cook until well seared on both sides, 8 to10 minutes for medium rare or 10-12 minutes for medium.